The Inbox: everyone gets a trophy. (August 23, 2016)

With no hurt feelings.


Yesterday, we were saddened to hear that Butch Walker, whose excellent "Wilder in the Heart" we featured in yesterday's post, took a bit of offense to our (maybe?) mis-worded enthusiasm about his song. It sucked to get railed on, but it was affirmation that after just one edition, people are reading this stuff.

Anyhow, you know who still works hard? Music PR people. It is still impossible to fully vet every single email that comes in and we still cringe thinking about all the favorite artists we'll will never know because we've had to move through the inbox.

In an attempt to salvage some shed of respect for hard working publicists and the artists they represent, CL Music is giving you the accidental gold we find in the box everyday. Below is what we found on August 23, 2016. To see yesterday's picks, click here.

**Note: these picks do not reflect the amazing work that artists who call Tampa Bay home are doing. For more of that, click here.

Leading off another solid post are some old time favorites. Morningbell seemed to be the prode of Gainesville for a long time (at least to me) Our friends at Team Clermont has pointed out that the band has remixed and remastered their album Bôa Noite and will celebrate the release at the Santa Fe Planetarium. Listen to that above, and pre-order the remixed, remastered LP, here.

Tess & Dave's new EP. of strange-folk is trippy and excellent. From the release:

"You may better know Dave as David Vandervelde, the producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist known for his solo career and collaborations with the late Jay Bennett (Wilco). At age 20, Dave moved into Bennett’s Pieholden Suite Sound studio. While there, he blossomed under Bennett’s tutelage, writing and recording tracks for his debut solo album and co-producing Bennett’s The Magnificent Defeat. In recent years, Dave has toured the world playing guitar in Father John Misty’s live band. He has also toured in support of Centro-matic, Spoon, Richard Swift, Magnolia Electric Company, Blitzen Trapper, and Dr. Dog, to name a few. Those years and experiences were home to creative discovery via collaborations and the rise and fall of relationships, which rendered Dave ready for something EP"

Brooklyn Vegan calls it "deep shag ’70s decor, full of soaring, smooth harmonies, twin leads, and swooning strings, with an occasional detour into proggy synths," and that — along with this song, "Social Chess" — is on point. Listen above and stream the whole of the self-titled EP here.

An obit. Visit Noisey to hear "Vultures" from The Wounded Kings, who are calling it quits, but not before the release of one final album, Visions In Bone (out this Friday via Candlelight/Spinefarm Records). Noisey streamed their whole album today, and you can listen to "Vultures" below. It's heavy. From the release:

"The album swirls and flows with vintage tones and smoky vibes, with the themes of death, despair and redemption very much to the fore. The band proudly uphold Britain's occult heritage via a unique blend of spectral doom and psychedelic horror, creating a desolate, end-of-the-world vibe filled with suffocating heaviness."

Frankie Cosmos (Greta Kline when she ain't makin' music) directed a video for Georgia outfit Warehouse via FADER. Here's what singer Elaine Edenfield has to say about the song:

"[It] "touches on duality and contradiction, which is lyrically one of the most predominant themes of Warehouse- the having of one thought and the pull of the equally true opposite thought."

Watch it above.

Aw, heel yah. S U R V I V E are the guys responsible for the sweet Stranger Things score, and today NPR shared another song from a forthcoming full-length, RR7349 due in September. Read our local connection to the score at and listen to "Wardenclyffe" above.

What you're looking at up there is a new video for "Drifting Caterpillar" by Mark Stoermer. Billboard describes his album, Dark Arts, like this: 

""...a musical kaleidoscope. It's the sort of record you get from a multifaceted musician left to hone his craft"

You can stream the whole album via Noisey.

Aw geez. An unheard demo from The Moondoggies is available for you right up there. On October 7th, their debut LP, Don't Be A Stranger, will finally be made available on vinyl for the first time. The double LP will also include five b-sides from The Moondoggies' early days, including the raw, rollicking "Oh Now Honey," which you can stream here or via the link above.

Believe it or not, that up there is new music from Taking Back Sunday. It sounds a little country, right? Their upcoming tour does not stop in the Bay area (although you can road trip it to a show at The Social in Orlando on October 8). From the release:

"A contrast to performance footage of their previous video “Tidal Wave”, “You Can’t Look Back” is a gorgeously shot but viscerally-charged video of the band and their friends gathered around a campfire, when something happens wholly unexpectedly to Adam Lazzara."

Thundercat is joinings Flying Lotus, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Shabazz Palaces and The Gaslamp Killer at Brainfeeder shows in Oakland,and Los Angeles, and to celebrate, the virtuoso bassist and singer-songwriter premiered new track “"Bus In These Streets”" on Los Angeles public radio station KCRW’s influential show Morning Becomes Eclectic. From the release:

 "“Bus In These Streets” is a comedic ode to our dependence on technology, and is the first officially released new music from Thundercat since his 2015 mini-album The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam. The track features Thundercat (vocals, bass), Louis Cole (keyboards, drums, programming) and Steve Ellison aka Flying Lotus (programming, editing), and the artwork is by Thundercat's friend Bootymath."

Here's another one from a guy whose voice just makes us not want to turn it off. Listen to this one from Balthazr frontman Maarten Devoldere, who performs as Warhaus. Here's what his All This Go said: 

"The track is almost Dylan-esque in its musing nature and Devoldere’s gravelly voice, which is softened by the addition of echoing female vocals courtesy of Sylvie Kreusch"

So take that as you will.

Mmmk, the beatheads got love today thanks to Biz3. Here's what they have to say about "Morning Sex," which you can stream up there.

"oddCouple, the executive producer of Jamila Woods HEAVN album, creator of the Joey Purp track "Morning Sex," and with production contributions to Kweku Collins, Allan Kingdom, and more has an album of his own cooking. Featuring WebsterX and Chicago's Mick Jenkins, "Blinded" is the first track off the forthcoming album due this fall."

Here's what Touché Amoré's Jeremy Bolm had to say about his mother's NYC trip before she died of cancer. Julien Baker sings on "Skyscraper," and he's opening for Kevin Devine at Orpheum on November 5. Watch the video below.

“My mother always dreamed of New York City. Whenever I would travel there, she'd demand stories including hyper specific details of the buildings and a new tchotchke of a historic landmark. She had moved from Nebraska to California and was never able to travel east. When she was diagnosed with cancer, I knew I had to make the trip happen. In the spring of 2014, months before she passed, her dream came true. My brother, her and I hit every tourist location imaginable. Aside from the cancer making her weak, she had severe scoliosis which prevented her from being on her feet too long, so we pushed her all over the city in a wheelchair. It got us to the front of every line as if she were royalty to now everyone, not just me. Her eyes lit up in time square, and her mouth never lost a smile on the subway train. “Skyscraper” is a thank you letter to the city that brought her so much joy at a time when joy felt unattainable. Her ashes were buried in her small hometown in Nebraska I'll likely never see again, but when I'm in New York City I feel her love.”

Fuck yea. Three cheers for consent. Speedy Ortiz frontwoman Sadie Dupuis has a new solo album coming. Here's what she has to say about "Get A Yes" from Slugger, due November 11 via Carpark Records.:

"I wanted to make songs that were the opposite of 'Genie in A Bottle' or 'The Boy Is Mine,'" Sadie Dupuis says of Slugger, her new solo album under the name Sad13. "Songs that put affirmative consent at the heart of the subject matter and emphasize friendship among women and try to deescalate the toxic jealousy and ownership that are often centered in romantic pop songs." What!? Songs for women that actually champion women's autonomy, reflect women's desires, listen to women when they talk, and let women be funny and normal and cool, like women actually are?"

If you've ever wanted to leave your hometown, then The Wild Honey Pie has a song for you. "Time to Leave" was released today, and here's what frontman James Lockhart said in a press release:

"It’s kind of my love-hate letter to my home state," James Lockhart explains of "Time to Leave." "Sometimes I get really frustrated with the current dividing issues in Arkansas, things that I feel like we should’ve gotten over a long time ago. But it felt good to just kind of vent about it, and this song had to be the most fun to make in the studio. Our buddy Cody Carpenter laid down some top-notch bongos in the instrumental, and John-Lewis and Moses really get to show off on guitar on this one."

Listen to this little sunny nuggest of guitar pop below.

About The Author

Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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